Press releases

  • 20 Apr 2016 - NEW YORK - The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack in Kabul on 19 April centered on a National Directorate of Security (NDS) office in the Puli Mahmud Khan area, for which the Taliban has claimed responsibility. The attack resulted in at least 28 deaths as well as in more than 300 wounded persons. 
  • 19 Apr 2016 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns the Taliban attack today in Kabul that killed at least nine people, as well as injuring an estimated 300 others. Provisional information indicates that at least two of those killed and the vast majority of the injured are civilians, including seven children and seven women. The civilian casualty toll is expected to rise.
  • 18 Apr 2016 - KABUL - Children in Afghanistan increasingly struggle to access healthcare and education, the UN said in the report released today, ‘Education and Healthcare at Risk – Key trends and incidents affecting children’s access to healthcare and education in Afghanistan.’
  • 17 Apr 2016 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) calls on all parties to the conflict to take precautions to protect civilians during operations. The release of the first quarter civilian casualty data for 2016 showed continued record numbers of civilian casualties.
  • 04 Apr 2016 - KABUL - The Government of Afghanistan, the International Community and representatives from Afghanistan’s civil society and private sector met today to prepare for the upcoming 2016 conferences on Afghanistan and reaffirm their partnership and commitment to Afghanistan’s long term development.
  • 18 Mar 2016 - NEW YORK - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Tadamichi Yamamoto of Japan as his Special Representative for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).  He will succeed Nicholas Haysom of South Africa who has served in this critical role since 2014.  The Secretary-General is grateful for Mr. Haysom’s important contribution and service to UNAMA since taking up his role as Special Representative.
  • 18 Mar 2016 - NEW YORK - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Pernille Dahler Kardel of Denmark as his Deputy Special Representative (Political) for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).  Ms. Kardel will succeed Tadamichi Yamamoto of Japan, who the Secretary-General has appointed as his new Special Representative for Afghanistan and Head of UNAMA.
  • 18 Mar 2016 - NEW YORK - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Nicholas Haysom of South Africa as his Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan.  He will succeed Haile Menkerios of South Africa, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his dedication and commitment.
  • 17 Mar 2016 - KABUL - Nowruz is a special occasion for Afghans. It is a time for renewal and celebration, promoting values of peace and solidarity between generations and communities. It contributes to cultural diversity and friendship among people.
  • 08 Mar 2016 - KABUL - The United Nations in Afghanistan celebrates today International Women’s Day, which is being marked globally under the theme of “Planet 50-50 by 2030” to challenge entrenched patterns of discrimination and inequality and to celebrate the acts of courage and determination of women and girls around the world.
  • 27 Feb 2016 - KABUL - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns today’s suicide attack in Kunar province that killed 11 civilians and injured more than 30 others. This morning in Asadabad city, in front of the Provincial Governor’s office, a suicide attacker detonated his vehicle full of explosives, causing more than 40 civilian casualties.
  • 23 Feb 2016 - KABUL - The United Nations reminds all parties to the conflict in Afghanistan of their obligation to always respect the provision of healthcare, never to harm medical personnel and patients and to ensure that the protected status of medical facilities is respected. In two incidents in the last week, access to healthcare was under attack, resulting in deaths and injuries.
  • 20 Feb 2016 - NEW YORK - During a mission by Leila Zerrougui, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, the Afghan Government reiterated its commitment to fully implement its Action Plan to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children in the national security forces.
  • 19 Feb 2016 - KABUL - The heads of the United Nations agencies working in Afghanistan met in Kabul this week, discussing their programmes for 2016. Focusing on closer alignment with the vision and plans of the National Unity Government, the United Nations team agreed to develop a summary document defining their commitments for the year ahead.

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